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Stark County Commission members denied the first-ever oil-related company request for a property tax exemption during a meeting at the Stark County Courthouse Tuesday. Stark County Tax Director Diane Brines said after the meeting that the exemption would have allowed for more than $250,000 each year for the next five years. Commissioners said they did not want to set a standard of giving exemptions to oil companies. "We have not issued exemptions in the oilfield at this point, but I guess no one has come forward to us before either," Brines said during the meeting. The request from EDOG Lo
SENTINEL BUTTE -- Dusty roads, rolling plains, funny accents, breathtaking landscapes and hometown hospitality are the norm for most residents, but these are the things a band of young out-migrated Bismarck natives hope to encounter as they return to their homeland to hike halfway across the state and dig deeper into the uniqueness of the place they once called home.
Three unopposed incumbent candidates have their hat in the ring for three open positions on the Mott-Regent School Board to be decided by election on June 14. Stacy Hertz is on the ballot for the former Mott district and William Gion and Steve Wagendorf are candidates of the former Regent district. The board is comprised of four representatives from the former Mott district and three from Regent. In the election, one person will be elected from Mott for a three-year term and two people will be elected from Regent.
Due to higher production costs and investments in the growing business community of southwest North Dakota, consumers may see an increase in energy price in upcoming years, said managers of Roughrider Electric Cooperative Inc. during an annual meeting Wednesday at Trinity High School in Dickinson. After the meeting, Roughrider co-manager Clayton Hoffman said that consumers may see an increase between one and two percent. "The power cost forecast indicates significant increases over the next three years," Hoffman said.
Donning caps and tassels, 188 Dickinson High School students will prepare for their graduation ceremony today. Commencement is an exciting day for the graduates and families, Dickinson Public Schools Superintendent Douglas Sullivan said, adding that he wishes all students good fortune. "It is the goal of the school system that all students will be properly prepared for whatever their life holds for them in the future," he said "Whether that is college or going off to work." For most students it has been a mixture of excitement and nervousness as graduation day approaches, student Ali Jangul
For the first time in six years, Belfield area farmer Donald Froehlich had to unhook the seeding drill and get equipment out of the wet wheat fields, but he remains optimistic despite planting being more than two weeks behind schedule. However, officials say late planting and excessive moisture has area farmers anxious. Froehlich is under way with his 41st season of farming in North Dakota and has "not seen it this wet" in all his years.
MEDORA -- So close to a record, but county officials and residents were happy to say the Little Missouri River did not outdo itself.
Rising water in the Little Missouri River has local officials preparing for the worst and praying the predictions are right. Officials say everyone should be alright if the water levels remain consistent with the forecast. The flooding so far has closed a state park and popular golf course, swamped out a summer camp, required sandbagging around Medora and forced the formulation of an evacuation plan in Marmarth. Medora was at the second-highest recorded water level in history Tuesday and Marmarth was at its fifth-highest. Water levels surpassed forecasted levels throughout Tuesday.
Land and mineral right owners may not know that another party has placed interest on those assets. Officials are concerned that recording laws allow incorrect claims to be filed which leads to a convoluted legal haze for owners, investors and attorneys. "The way our system works, it is assumed that if you own real estate that you will check the records at the courthouse from time to time," Hettinger County States Attorney Jim Gion said.
Incumbents Cory Tuhy and Jesse Olson are on the ballot unopposed for two positions on the South Heart District School Board. The election is June 7. Superintendent Riley Mattson is pleased to see the candidates return. "I am thankful they are running," he said. "They are good, honest, reliable people and that is what I like to see in board members." By North Dakota law, to run for the board candidates must be residents of the district for which they are filing and write statements of candidacy 60 days before the election. Each candidate has served one three-year term.